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Low Cost Large Volume Lanthanide Halide Scintillators

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
94629
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
91392
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt St. Watertown, MA 02472-4699
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Low Cost Large Volume Lanthanide Halide Scintillators
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER85374
Award Amount: $99,996.00
 

Abstract:

New cerium-doped lanthanide halide scintillators have shown a strong potential to move beyond their familiar role in conventional gamma ray spectroscopy, toward fulfilling the needs of other highly demanding applications. However, issues related to the reliable, large volume manufacturing of these high-light-yield materials have not been resolved or purposefully addressed. This project will develop an alternate method of material synthesis based upon the rapid epitaxial growth of rare earth halides on suitable substrates. The technique will permit large volume synthesis of high quality material in hours, at a cost that is substantially lower than currently possible. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of synthesizing rare earth halide scintillators using modified epitaxial growth techniques. A number of relatively small specimens will be produced by varying fabrication parameters. These specimens will be thoroughly evaluated to quantify their optical and scintillation properties. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee Improved and less expensive scintillators should find use as detectors in nuclear and high energy physics research, medical imaging, diffraction, nuclear waste clean-up, nuclear treaty verification and safeguards, homeland security, and geological exploration

Principal Investigator:

Bipin Singh
Dr.
6176686800
BSingh@rmdinc.com

Business Contact:

Gerald Entine
Dr.
6176686800
NMarshall@RMDInc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street Watertown, MA 02472

EIN/Tax ID: 042546395
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No